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Using Nanotubes to Store Data Forever
 

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A nanotube is a very tiny cylindrical structure that exhibits extraordinary strength
and unique electrical properties.

Researchers at the Department of Energy and the University of California have invented
a mechanism which stores dramatically more data in a smaller space than ever before,
and it is hermetically sealed in such a way as to enable the data to remain valid
for millions of years.

The researchers' original paper (in PDF format) describes how a tiny shuttle can be
moved within the nanotube and positioned to change the resistance of the device allowing
for the storage of either a '1' or a '0'.

Devices using the technology could be available in just a couple of years.


Curt Finch is the author of a project management book and lives in Texas.

Last updated: Jun 9, 2009




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